A transplant, a familiar yet alien object: Pamela Rosenkranz’s monumental, bright red-and-pink sculpture Old Tree rises above Manhattan’s High Line. From over 80 proposals, Rosenkranz’s work has been selected for the third High Line Plinth commission.
“This color has a history of being quite attractive but I’m looking for a dissonance, something that also awakes or repulses.”–Pamela Rosenkranz
Installed on the High Line – a public park built on a defunct elevated rail line – Rosenkranz’s luminous Old Tree questions the boundaries between “artificial” and “natural” in our post-industrial cities. As she does throughout her practice, which encompasses painting, video and installation, the sculpture examines the human desire to anthropomorphize our surroundings in order to comprehend them. Old Tree is the artist’s most prominent presentation in the United States to date and will be on view for 18 months.